A very warm welcome to
the Lickey and Blackwell Parish Council website
Located on and around the famous Lickey Hills, we are just 10 miles from Birmingham city centre and served more locally by the village of Barnt Green, and the market town of Bromsgrove. Nine councillors, when a full compliment, cover the five principally residential wards, being Shepley, Lickey Monument, Lickey Grange, Lickey and Linthurst, an area which runs from Barnt Green Cricket Club, to the Alcester Road in Burcot and down the Old Birmingham Road into Marlbrook, and is home to around 3300 electors. We organise a number of varied activities during the year and encourage all residents to become involved in their community.
A Parish Council is the first and most local tier of Government. For administration purposes, the parish is within the County of Worcestershire and one of 19 Parish Councils in the District of Bromsgrove.
The Parish Council is funded by residents within the parish via their council tax – you will see a separate line in your council tax bill to fund the Parish Councils precept (around £21 for a band D property – amongst the lowest precepts in the district). Parish Councils can apply for funding such as grant and funding awards, but they do not receive funds direct from central government, as principal authorities do. The Parish Council is accountable to external audit for monies spent.
The councillors are elected every four years, but can be co-opted at any time between elections. The last election took place May 2015. As a councillor, you have the opportunity to represent your local community – further details are available from the Executive Officer. The council has a range of duties and powers which are used to maintain and improve the local environment. The Parish Council also has a role in consultation with the District and County Councils on certain matters and strives to influence those bodies for the benefit of the parish. All councillors are obliged to follow the Council Code of Conduct.
As a statutory consultee, the Parish Council is notified on all planning applications, and each one is reviewed by the Planning Committee. The Public Access system within Bromsgrove District Councils website also allows residents to view and comment on Planning Applications.
All residents are welcome to attend parish council meetings are usually held on the first Monday of the month at 7.30pm, either at The Wheel in Blackwell or the Trinity Centre in Lickey (no meeting in August and January). Councillors can be available before the meeting starts for consultation, and a time is allocated for public questions at the start of the meeting. Our District and County Councillors are often in attendance.
Activities include a best front garden competition, parish walk, Christmas tree lighting ceremonies, and a tea for our senior residents – our aim is for all residents to become involved in their community.
Any queries, please contact Lisa Winterbourn, Executive Officer
on 07930837770 or by email here